Former Miss Venezuela and Telenovela Star Monica Spear Shot Dead in Venezuela | venuscurves

    Former Miss Venezuela and Telenovela Star Monica Spear Shot Dead in Venezuela

    By Colin Bertram

    Monica Spear, Miss Venezuela Universe 2005, is shown during the finals of the Miss Universe competition Tuesday, May 31, 2005, in Bangkok, Thailand. Spear and her husband were shot dead in their car in Venezuela.
    Former Venezuelan beauty queen and popular telenovela actress Monica Spear and her ex-husband Henry Thomas Berry were shot dead in their car by armed robbers in Venezuela.
    Their 5-year-old daughter was treated for unspecified injuries and was said to be hospitalized in stable condition.
    Police say the assailants attacked on the Puerto Cabello-Valencia Road late Monday, according to Telemundo 51. Spear, 29, and her ex-husband, 39, had stopped because the gray Toyota Corolla they were driving had broke down.
    Family friends told NBC News that although the couple had split up a couple of years ago they remained close and spent vacations and holidays together for their daughter's sake.
    Spear resided in the United States.
    Venezuela had more than 24,000 homicides in 2013. The U.S. Department of State rates the criminal threat level in Venezuela's capital, Caracas, as "critical."
    Spear became Miss Venezuela in 2004. She represented Venezuela at Miss Universe 2005 in Bangkok, and was fourth runner-up. The actress has appeared in a half-dozen Spanish language soap operas, most recently "Pasion Prohibida" and "Flor Salvaje" on Telemundo.


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